Last July, a group of carpenters began an experimental platform to showcase and sell locally made carpentry. Initiated by local carpenter Fabricators HK, it began as a project to promote local carpentry, as they felt Hong Kong carpentry has been underrepresented despite their high quality due to expensive rent. After a well-received showcase in Kwun Tong, Fabricators HK has organized a follow-up exhibition “Hong Kong Carpenters” in Sham Shui Po art space Form Society. This time, they have brought together 17 local carpenters including Coutou Woodworking, chichoimao and more to present some of their best works.
Compared to cities such as Taiwan, there are no institutions specializing in teaching woodworking. The carpenters participating in the exhibition all come from various backgrounds such as arts, architecture and product design, and learned carpentry later in life by themselves and in other countries. To raise awareness of carpentry knowledge, the exhibition also introduces the general steps of woodworking and some of the specific crafts and skills involved, such as types of wood joinery methods.
One of the participating groups, D2 Workshop, believes that the city’s carpentry is distinctive in its flexibility and variety, as local carpenters are often self-taught and take inspiration from all around the world. For instance, D2 Workshop’s most popular creation, the skateboard chair, is designed for small apartments, featuring legs that fold up for convenient storage.
Will Woodcraft is passionate about traditional mortise and tenon joints, a wood joinery method that has been used for thousands of years which involves nothing else but two adjoining pieces connecting at right angles. A highly technical joint, this method requires precise and tight cutting. In this exhibition, Will Woodcraft presents a modern interpretation by using the traditional wood joinery method to create a soft pattern on the sides of the table.
The showcase is taking place right now at Form Society until February 21, 2021.
Hong Kong Carpenters
Form Society, 186 Tai Nam Street, Sham Shui Po
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